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The Black Book of Cyrenaica

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Libya, 1805: A makeshift army of Arabs, Greeks, Egyptians and U.S. Marines, "all mixed riotously together," sets off across North Africa to rescue three hundred American sailors imprisoned by the King of Tripoli. The expedition is soon beset by a series of brutal and mysterious murders--at first apparently random, but then becoming more purposeful and troubling. Private Le ...more
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Published March 21st 2018 by Ninth Planet Press
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Exanimis
I recieved this book through Goodreads Givaways.

A mixed army of American's, Greeks, Arabs and Egyptians marches across the deserts of North Africa in 1805 on a mission to restore the rightful ruler to the kingdom of Tripoli. Unknowingly, the group has invited a Demon/Djinn into their ranks and that evil spirit has it's own plans for the small army.

I was reminded of both Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley as I read this book. Bruce McCandless III has perfected the vernacular of the era which added a
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Ruth
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A realistic journal written by the main character 19 year old Lemuel Sweet about his military journey to rescue a crew of captured US warship in the early 1800's. Since the mission is secret the members will not be formally supported by US openly as they try to cross the deserts with a congregate mixture of Arabs, dethroned rulers trying to recapture their place on the throne, some Greek mercenaries, and a strange Dutchman as he is titled. The tale is realistically set into the morals and supers ...more
Andrea Knott
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
This was the best book I have read so far this year! It's a cross between Indiana Jones, historical dark fantasy fiction, and just enough horror to make me smile. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Basically, it takes place in 1805. A contingent of US Marines leads a bunch of "soldiers" from other interested countries across the northern African desert to put an American-friendly leader in place in a strategic city. Sound familiar? Yeah, but it happens in 1805. And
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William Bitner Jr.
“The Black Book of Cyrenaica A Novel” by Bruce McCandless”. I would first like to thank Bruce for his generous gift of the paperback copy of this book. This was an alternative history action/adventure with just a splash of the occult in the form of a nasty demon, It takes place during the Tripolitan War, the first American war on foreign soil 1801-1805. A mix of real persons from history and wonderfully imagined characters by the author. Interwoven throughout the book are diary pages from Lemuel ...more
Katya
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A letter from a dead priest that reads, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, FLEE. A land where "ghosts wander through the sand, and the dead dream bitter pictures beneath it." Make no mistake- this is a creepy book. It also has a lot of beautiful phrases, so I've going to borrow some of them for this review. (My book has about a dozen sticky notes marking up the pages, haha.)

The story starts in Alexandria, a city "built on bones: ruin on ruin, corpse hugging corpse." A group of marines have been sent to overth
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Olivia Farr
"The Black Book of Cyrenaica" is the story of an army who is heading to North Africa. It is extremely well researched and includes some drawings and diary entries which add a lot to the overall story. It is in the third person point of view and feels very distant from the action. The diary entries really take you more into the action than the overall story. I might have liked it more if it had more of that feel throughout. I did not guess that this book would have some thriller/supernatural horr ...more
Christian J
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing alternative history. This take on the Barbary Pirates conflict, and Capt. Eaton's trek across the desert will leave readers enthralled. An entertaining read.
Debbie Evancic
Weston has his orders to march his men across the Western Desert and assault the Kingdom of Tripoli’s three principal cities. He and his army will depose of the tyrant Yusuf Vartonian and replace him with his older brother Ahmad on the throne. Prince Ahmad, in turn, promises that he will release the crew of the U.S.S. Charleston. The men, along with the cooks and stewards, camel drivers and their families, make up the force of around two hundred. Eighty-four camels, ninety-three goats, twenty-fo ...more
Patrick Cosgrove
I rarely read books that fall into this hybrid (horror, historical, speculative, etc) genre, but having read Sour Lake by McCandless, I plunged in. The story unfolds meticulously as the author sets the scene: dark, foreboding, exotic, filled with unfamiliar landscapes and people who look and speak as if from another planet. The occasion is a United States military contingent ushering in the era of foreign intervention in North Africa circa 1805. I can't imagine what it would have been like for a ...more
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Bruce McCandless lives in Austin, the City of the Violet Crown, where he practices law and operates both the large hadron collider and the primitive linotype machinery of Ninth Planet Press (Motto: IMAGINATION IS NOT A CRIME). A native of Seabrook, near the Houston Ship Channel, Bruce studied History and Anthropology at the University of Texas and graduated with a degree from UT's Plan II honors p ...more
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